by Christine A. on
XIV by Michael Mina..............I love this place! I love checking out new restaurants & I don't always go back to the same restaurants over and over, especially if it's more of a 'high-end', 'pricey' restaurants, because there are just too many restaurants to check out in LA. However, XIV (pronounced fourteen, not X-I-V), was amazing! I love the FOOD! I love their decor, the service, and I consider their tasting menu experience as one of my favorites! The atmosphere was elegant yet hip! I liked the big open space of the dining hall, pretty chandeliers, and even the ladies' room! It was very dark inside the dining hall, which can be a plus as it will create a nice romantic mood, yet a minus because it's that much harder to take photos! Service was nice, but somewhat slow to get their attention at times as everyone is so busy dropping off your courses & going about. We started with the naan with yogurt dip, which was an interesting starter we weren't used to. After studying the menu thoroughly, we decided to go with the tasting menu, but went with the 'picking our own' option. The only thing was that all the parties at the table were to pick the same courses, which was somewhat a minus. But my bf & I usually agree on the food we like and since the bf usually lets me get my way, we didn't have too hard of a time compromising on what to order: -Hamachi sashimi with pickled strawberries, grains of paradise, green onion -- OMG! YUMMY!!!!!! Never had strawberries with sashimi, but it was a good combo! Very refreshing & the hamachi was very fresh to the point of melting in my mouth with just the right chewy texture! A wonderful start to the meal for sure! -Beef carpaccio with heart of romaine, cherry tomatoes, horse radish -- Not your typical beef carpaccio, but yummmmmmm -Asparagus risotto with squash blossom, chervil, meyer lemon, castelmagno cheese -- Very nice! Creamy and savory! Mmmmmmm -Tai snapper with tapioca-crusted, broccoli rabe, white soy vinaigrette -- THIS was to die for! Very delicious with the fish cooked to perfection! -Liberty duck breast with seared foie gras, leg confit, pineapple, star anise -- We are not fans of foie gras, so this wasn't our favorite dish, but very good! -8 oz filet mignon with short rib tortellini, crispy bone marrow -- MEAT = YUM! -Kobe burger with trio of french fries, farmhouse cheddar, "secret sauce" -- Although it can seem like a typical, bf definitely enjoyed this very much...to the point of me giving up some of mine -Vanilla custard with mandarin sorbet, cream soda, nutmeg beignets -- Interesting mix of ingredients coming together rather well! I've definitely never tried anything like this before! We also had 2 glasses each of wine (for me) & hard liquor (for the bf) & the cost was pricey yet reasonable. Overall, highly recommended!
by Marcus D. on
Well, I've been here twice - once on a weekend and once on a weekday. On weekends it was nice because there were three different rooms, playing three different types of music (house, salsa, and hip hop). It's nice to have your pick. Bar service was swift and overall the crowd was good. On the Monday I went, the line was not that long but it took FOREVER for them to let people in. Then when we finally did get in (big surprise here)...wait for it......waaait for it...there were hardly any people inside. They conveniently held the line so that all the folks who were on the 'free before 11:30' list would have to wait and pay. The crowd flowed in nicely after that and it got pretty packed. Young Dre and Wale came through later on which was fairly interesting.
by Blossom Wyse on
Totally dig this place. Very hip and stylish without being pretentious, or too loud. It was easy to have a conversation with a group of 4 without shouting, though we were there early and the DJ tables stood empty - it probably gets hopping a little later in the evening. We didn't eat here, but I heard the food is quite good. The service is very polite, alert, and almost too quick. Note, this is one of those places without a sign, and you would never know there is a bar/restaurant there if you didn't know it was there. Just head in at the building address and take the elevator up to the 3rd floor, it's there.